Coaches On The Hot Seat: Won’t Get Fired, But … WIN NOW IN A BLOWOUT
5. Willie Taggart, Florida State
Really? Now it’s a positive that Florida State was competitive at Virginia?
At 1-3 and an extra point against ULM away from having to survive that, it’s hard to see that the Noles are actually progressing. QB James Blackman has been excellent, RB Cam Akers has been solid, and there have been flashes of potential greatness.
But FSU is dead last in the nation in time of possession, the offensive line is still a disaster, and the defense is allowing close to 500 yards per game.
Lose to Louisville at home this week, and all of a sudden the hot seat is a full-on Tennessee Titan pregame sideline fire.
4. Jeremy Pruitt, Tennessee
When there’s excitement about beating UT Chattanooga 45-0, there’s a problem.
Georgia State just got destroyed by Western Michigan 57-10 making the season-opening loss look even worse, and BYU’s win over USC makes the collapse in Knoxville two weeks ago even more galling.
But now it’s measuring stick time.
At Florida, Georgia. Those are the next two games for the Vols, and there’s a chance to turn this whole thing around in a hiccup with two shocking wins. Or, the 2019 season – with a trip to Alabama coming up in mid-October – could go totally into the tank with a few ugly losses.
3. Dino Babers, Syracuse
There’s no shame in losing to Clemson at home, and there’s no shame in losing in a blowout. However, now the ugly loss to Maryland looks far worse after Temple tagged the Terps, and overall, the offense isn’t working.
There shouldn’t be a problem this week against Western Michigan – at least there had better not be.
The 1-2 start is made worse by the failures on offense. The offensive line isn’t blocking anyone – Clemson defenders spent the evening dancing on Tommy DeVito’s head – and the secondary is getting torched.
The concern is a regression. Beat WMU, rock Holy Cross, and get the team back to 2018 form before going to NC State. That’s Babers’ job over the next few weeks.
2. Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech is 2-1, but it’s a very, very shaky 2-1.
The loss to Boston College now looks far worse considering what Kansas just did in Chestnut Hill, it took too much to put against Old Dominion, and it took a late rally to get by Furman 24-17.
With a trip to Miami coming up to kick off October, the Hokies desperately need to find more pop on both sides of the ball over the two weeks off before hosting Duke.
Lose to the Blue Devils, and 2-4 is likely with trips to Notre Dame and Virginia to go, and dates with North Carolina and Wake Forest looking more dangerous now than they did before the season.
1. Chip Kelly, UCLA
The problem isn’t just that UCLA got destroyed again, it’s that everyone got to see the 2019 IT offense in the Rose Bowl on Saturday night.
Even if the Bruins aren’t very good and in need of at least another recruiting class or three, the offense is supposed to be entertaining. Kelly is supposed to bring with him some sort of schematic advantage to make up for the talent disparity. Instead, Lincoln Riley and Oklahoma showed how it’s done with 611 yards.
The Sooners scored 48 points, only because they didn’t want to score 70.
UCLA has the second-worst offense in college football averaging 263 yards per game. It’s averaging 14 points per outing, and it has absolutely nothing to rely on at the moment. And now this week the Bruins go against Washington State and the nation’s sixth-best offense.